presents the ultimate guide to the absolute must-try dishes in the
city. Below is the full list of dishes as picked by our expert food critics at
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The steamed pork
dumplings are stuffed with juicy meat folded into glossy skins. Read
Floor, Xin Cheng Mansion, 167 Jiangning Lu, near Beijing Xi
at Ebisu, 12RMB
Thick, tender cubes brushed with a sweet sauce
that gives a delicate lift. Read
Nan Lu, near Changle
at Beyond the Clouds, 16RMB
it may feel a bit like a Lost Heaven rip-off, the Yunnan food at this restaurant perched above Forever 21 is genuinely good. Read
Floor, 233 Nanjing Dong Lu, near Henan Zhong
hazelnuts, lemon and Parmesan side at Sproutworks,
Sure to banish any lingering
nightmares of overcooked Christmas sprouts. Read
B2 Superbrand Mall, Lujiazui Ring Road.
at Gindaco, 25RMB
common Japanese street snack is elevated above cheaper renditions. Read
Mall, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu.
fried pork at Shudi Hotpot, 25RMB
Addictive deep- fried pork strips sprinkled with Sichuan
peppercorn powder. Read
Floor, 1 Shuangfeng Bei Lu, near Xietu
at Mixiangyuan, 28RMB
get big juicy chunks of five-layer hand-cut pork. Read
No 24, Lane
358, Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Madang
Foie gras sushi at Maki House,
worth trawling through the myriad stalls on ‘Tokyo Street’ to order just
Tokyo Street, B2, SDC Mall, 425 Yishan Lu, near Kaixuan
dan) at Xi Na, 32RMB
This classic dish is cooked not once but twice: first hard-boiled,
then flash-fried. Read
more 373 Huangpi Nan Lu,
near Xingye Lu.
fries at De Refter, 35RMB
large, thick- cut chips are likely to disappear within minutes of being served.
more 181 Jinxian Lu, near
at Gui, 35RMB
soba are presented on a traditional zaru
bamboo tray. Read
more A3, 555 Gubei Lu,
at Italian Kitchen 26, 35RMB
of the crispiest, crunchiest calamari we’ve had in Shanghai. Read
more. 23 Anfu Lu, near
and chips at The Sailors,
The most authentic tasting fish ’n’
chips that we’ve found in the city. Read
more 35 Yongkang Lu,
wontons at Molokai, 36RMB
packages with translucent skins float in a light broth. Read
more Xintiandi South Plaza, Bldg 6, 123 Xingye Lu,
near Huangpi Nan Lu.
chicken sandwich at
2nd Floor, 38RMB
favourite of the delights on offer at this bright and breezy arts hangout.
more810 Changle Lu, near Changshu
and mushroom risotto at de Bellotas, 38RMB
Wafers of crispy jamón
intensely satisfying, generously cheesy risotto. Read
more 68 Taicang Lu, near
duck leg at Jian Guo 328, 38RMB
One dish we never skip, cooked to a chewy-tender texture. Read
more 328 Jiangguo Xi Lu, near
Xiangyang Nan Lu.
monsieur at Farine,
We still find ourselves struck by
regular cravings for the artisan snack. Read
moreFirst Floor, 378
Wukang Lu, near Taian Lu.
tofu at Awana, 42RMB
housemade tofu here could convert even the most ardent bean curd skeptic. Read
more124-2 Beijing Xi Lu,
near Shaanxi Bei Lu.
at Hungry Lung’s Kitchen, 45RMB
Crispy thin-cut French fries smothered in Monterrey Jack cheddar.
more 144 Yongkang Lu,
near Xiangyang Nan Lu.
rou at Veg Inn, 48RMB
A unique alternative to the classic Shanghainese dish for determined
more 1585 Huashan Lu,
near Taian Lu.